The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for January, 2011

It’s like a scene out of Romeo and Juliet, or perhaps the Rapunzel story. A wild bald eagle has taken up residence on a tree just adjacent to a bald eagle enclosure at the Orange County Zoo in Irvine, near Los Angeles. In fact, the wild bird has shown particular interest in the zoo’s 6-year-old…

Ready, Set, Submit! Open Lab 2011

Production on Open Lab 2010 is proceeding apace, thanks to the valiant assistance of Blake Stacey. While we put the finishing touches on it, though, it is time to announce the sixth anthology.* The submission form for the 2011 edition of Open Lab is now open. Any blog post written since December 1, 2010 is…

If you’re plugged into the science blogtwitosphere, then you surely know that the topic of women science bloggers has been written about extensively. Rather than re-hash what many others have said, I’ll direct you to these posts by Kate Clancy and Daniel Lende. Then, late last night, Ed Yong wrote a post highlighting a handful…

What’s the best way for a lonely guy to get a date? If you’re a Splendid Fairy-Wren (Malurus splendens, native to Australia), your best bet might be to frighten the object of your affection. You’ve learned all about the birds and the bees; now it’s time to learn from them. Lots of research has shown…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: A new post by Scicurious recommends, “If you’re trying to quit smoking, it’s best to stay away from movies or TV shows depicting smoking, which might induce craving and cause you to relapse.” Easier said than done, perhaps. Movies and the Smoking Brain. Dirk Hanson…

The first proper session I attended at Science Online was I-wish-my-science-teachers-had-been-like Stacy Baker‘s workshop on Prezi. Despite some issues with the hotel wifi, it was a fantastic session, and I learned quite a bit. Clearly, there are some things better suited to Keynote/Powerpoint, and some presentations perhaps better suited to Prezi (just as they are…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Christian Jarrett of BPS Research Digest starts us off with a big cup of coffee. Coffee helps women cope with stressful meetings but has the opposite effect on men. What’s the point of music? Steven Pinker once famously remarked that music is “…auditory cheesecake, an…

I’m not sure exactly how, but somewhere between the lemurs, the books, the dinners, and the ridiculously short sleep sessions that I encountered at Science Online, I managed to learn quite a bit from many of those science writers to whose level of awesomeness I aspire, and am consequently left with a handful of scattered…

Open Lab Cover!

Just now, attendees of Science Online 2011 are getting their #scio11 Swag Bags as they register and prepare for the Keynote. And in those swag bags are postcards revealing the cover of Open Lab! But even if you’re not at Science Online, you, too, can revel in the awesomeness of the brand-spankin’-new cover. Behold! (Click…

Behold! The second installment of the Science Online Lemur Cognition series. If you missed the first installment, you should check out the cyborg lemurs of the Duke Lemur Center. There’s some pretty good evidence that numerical cognition emerged fairly early in the primate lineage, at least, if not significantly earlier in evolution. Most of the…